What is Home Visitation?
Home Visitation reaches families in their homes to help parents overcome challenges involved with parenting and help children reach their full potential. Home Visitation is patterned after the Parents as Teachers program (PAT) and is offered to each home by trained parent educators.
Here is what one parent had to say about her experience – “PAT has helped me become aware of my child’s development and how important it is to encourage and cultivate that development. I realize that I am a teacher, and no one can replace the influence that I can have. This is the greatest resource I have found as a young parent. The lessons PAT teaches will only help you as a parent and give you support – something we ALL need!” ~ Parent in Vernal, Utah
Home Visitation is a parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten, usually age 5.
Parents are supported by certified parent educators trained to translate scientific information on early brain development into specific when, what, how and why advice for families. By understanding what to expect during each stage of development, parents can easily capture the teachable moments in everyday life to enhance their child’s language development, intellectual growth, social development and motor skills. As a Home Visitation family, you receive:
- Personal visits – Bi-monthly, during which your parent educator will share age-appropriate child development and parenting information, help you learn to observe your child, and address your parenting concerns for the social, emotional, intellectual and language growth and development of your child.
- Screenings – to assess your child’s overall development as well as health, hearing and vision.
- Resource network – that links your family to other community services.